Cayuga Community College has named Dr. Ronald G. Cantor as its next Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs following the retirement of Dr. Anne Herron.
Dr. Cantor returns to the Central New York and Finger Lakes regions after serving as President of Southern Maine Community College, Maine’s third-largest undergraduate institution, from 2011 to 2018. He continues as a special advisor to the Maine Community College System.
During his tenure leading Southern Maine Community College, Dr. Cantor successfully instituted data-driven goals for student achievement and workforce development at an institution offering 40 degree and certificate programs across two campuses and seven satellite sites. He officially starts at Cayuga on July 1.
“Dr. Cantor has an impressive record leading community colleges and developing forward-thinking programs that inspire students and prepare them for careers in present and future industries. He also possesses a deep understanding of the challenges and opportunities facing community colleges in today’s education system,” said Cayuga President Dr. Brian Durant. “We are excited to have him join our leadership team at Cayuga Community College.”
“The Board of Trustees is delighted to welcome Dr. Ronald Cantor to Cayuga Community College.? We believe that he is committed to building our dynamic workforce development programs and to our tradition of providing a solid educational base for our communities, here in Cayuga and Oswego counties,” said Cayuga Board of Trustees Chair Dr. Linda Van Buskirk.
Dr. Cantor comes to Cayuga with more than 35 years’ experience in higher education, including prolonged leadership roles at two SUNY community colleges. Before leading Southern Maine Community College, he was Associate Vice President and Dean of Mohawk Valley Community College from 2004 to 2011 and Associate Dean for Liberal Arts at Jefferson Community College from 1996 to 2004.
“I am thrilled to join Cayuga as we empower people and communities for success in a changing world. Collaborating with students, faculty, employers, and everyone else, I look forward to meaningful progress,” said Dr. Cantor.
Throughout his career, Dr. Cantor has demonstrated an impressive commitment to local communities and organizations. He has led and served on advisory and leadership committees for almost 20 agencies dedicated to business, health and education improvements, including Chambers of Commerce, hospitals, human services agencies, and government task forces.
Dr. Cantor earned his doctorate in cultural foundations of education and history from Syracuse University in 1995, and completed his Master’s Degree in higher education from University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1987. He earned his Bachelor of Science Degree from the Whittemore School of Business and Economic at the University of New Hampshire in 1982.
Dr. Cantor is married to Alexandra Bennett, Assistant Director of the Career Center at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. Their teenage daughters, Katy and Julia, were born in China.